Business series

OCT. 14—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St. The topic is “How to Prepare for a Behavior Based Interview.” Mary Jane Kolic of KJ & M Associates will discuss how to prepare for behavior and competency-based interviews, which are being used by many employers to reduce the costs and risks associated with poor hiring decisions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141.

Professional networking

OCT. 14—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Sales & Marketing Innovators.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/ R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit

Awards gala

OCT. 15—The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council will host their 6th Annual Walk of Excellence Awards Gala and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St., Downtown. The gala will honor the top regional minority businesses and corporations. Edmund C. Nelson of KDKA-TV will be the master of Ceremonies. For more information, call 412-391-4423 or e-mail

QuickBooks seminar

OCT. 19—Saint Vincent College’s Small Business Development Center will host a QuickBooks Made Easy from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe. Dennis Piper and associates will present this seminar that is designed for those individuals and businesses that have recently purchased the accounting system and would like to become more efficient in processing their day-to-day work. Reservations are required by Oct. 14 and the cost is $40. For more information, call 724-537-4572 or e-mail

PPT Night

OCT. 19—The Pittsburgh Young Professionals will host their PPT Night from 5:30-8 p.m. at Mortons Steakhouse, 625 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The evening will include a PowerPoint presentation about their membership’s various business development’s focus. This is an opportunity to enhance presentation and public speaking skills. Reservations are required by Oct. 18. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. For more information, e-mail


OCT. 22—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host their PowerBreakfast Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The special guest will be Sunil Wadhwani, co-chair of iGate Corp., will discuss more about iGate as a corporation, their process for procurement of goods and services and their commitment to inclusion in the workplace. Reservations are required by Oct. 20. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

Second step

OCT. 22—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will host the Second Step: Developing a Business Plan seminar from 7:30-10 a.m. at Mervis Hall, Oakland. Attendees will learn what one needs to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-648-1542 or visit

Quickbooks workshop

OCT. 26—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host a Quickbooks: Advanced workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the university’s Rockwell Hall, Room 108, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The workshop will help users become more knowledgeable with the program and help them learn how to save time and money through its use. This is for Windows users only. Registration is required and the cost is $45. For more information, e-mail

Employment seminar

OCT. 29—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center and Maiello Brungo & Maiello will host the Next Step: Employment Seminar from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt’s Mervis Hall, Room 104, Oakland. Michael Brungo and Chad Ellis will lead this seminar for small and start-up business owners that will focus on how to avoid common pitfalls related to building and maintaining a productive workforce. Featured topics include: effective hiring and firing, developing employee handbooks, use of independent contractors, how health care reform impacts the small and more. Registration is requested and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 412-648-1542.

(To have information on Business Calendar, send information at least two weeks in advance to: 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219; Fax: 412-481-1360 or e-mail:

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